Driver shot and killed, car hits Greenville apartment complex and injures resident

Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 9:13 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2023 at 4:35 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - One man is dead and another man injured after a car crashed into a Greenville apartment complex.

Just after midnight on Monday, Greenville police officers were called to The District at Tar River apartment complex for a car crashing into a building and the report of shots fired in the area.

Officers found a Nissan Maxima had crashed into an apartment. When they checked on the driver, 25-year-old Aveon Collins-Smith, they found he had been shot in the chest and he later died at ECU Health Medical Center.

Police say the resident of the apartment was home and taken to ECU Health Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

Caleb White tells WITN he was in his living room making music when he first heard multiple gunshots and then the car crashed into his apartment. The crash knocked out the apartment’s lights so White couldn’t see if the man was dead or not.

He was able to crawl to his front door and call police.

The 26-year-old man is on crutches, has a bruised knee, and has three stitches on his upper gums.

Because of the damage, both the downstairs and upstairs apartments are not habitable. Jordon Spelce, manager of the apartment complex, said they have found housing for both tenants.

Detectives are still investigating a motive for the shooting.

The District is popular with ECU students, but police say neither the car driver nor the injured resident are students.

Anyone with information about this murder should call Greenville police at (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers (252) 758-7777. Crime Stoppers offers a reward for information that leads to an arrest and you can remain anonymous.